Owen Wright

Highlights from the Surf Ranch

Highlights from the Surf Ranch

by DHD Surf

Thank you to the WSL for the great event! Congrats Stephanie Gilmore with runner-up and keeping the Yellow Leader’s jersey into France. Checkout the team highlights from the Surf Ranch event.

Stephanie Gilmore throwing down the highest wave score throughout the qualifying round.

Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch

Steph’s boards of choice for the Ranch were the
J-BAY four-channel swallow tail 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L #ProSeries
DNA 5’10 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 #ProSeries

Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch

 

 

Owen Wright was in fine form over the event. He is surfing the new Flat Deck and 13″ wide nose WILKO F13 #ProSeries model.

Forehand / 5’11 1/2 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L
Backhand / 6’0 1/2 x 18 15/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L
Height 6’3, Weight 78kg

Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch

 

 

Matt Wilkinson (@mattwilko8) putting his signature model WILKO F13 through its paces at the Surf Ranch.

WILKO F13 – 5’10 1/2 x 19 3/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L #ProSeries #FlatDeck

Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch

 

 

Bronte Macaulay (@brontemacaulay) – DNA 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 24L

Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch

Training Days at the Surf Ranch

by DHD Surf

In a world first Surfing Australia’s National Squad, Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing and Bronte Macaulay were able to train at the World Surf League’s (WSL) Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California to support their high-performance training needs heading towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

This was the perfect opportunity for Darren Handley to be apart of the development and testing of the team’s equipment for the wave pool and to provide real-time feedback.

There’s No Better Way Of Testing Surfboards

“I did six months worth of testing in a week. Even growing up and living on the Gold Coast where we get consistent quality waves, it takes time to get surfers on their boards, receive the feedback and then implement it. That week the surfers had 24 waves each day; 12 lefts and 12 rights. I was either on the jetski, watching from the water (and hoping they would fall off the wave so I could catch it) or watching on the big screen. Add the video footage and all the surfers having their coaches on hand for immediate analysis and you could see the progression hour-to-hour.”

View the full article – DHD Team take on the KSWAVECO Surf Ranch

 

Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch

Matt Wilkinson (@mattwilko8) putting his signature model WILKO F13 through its paces at the Surf Ranch. The F13 was specifically designed for the speed and shape of the wave. It gives the perfect balance of performance needed for such a small powerfull wave.

Matt is surfing his F13 5’10 1/2 x 19 3/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L on his forehand and the 5’11 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L for his backhand.

 

Owen Wright on the DX1 - WSL Surf Ranch

Owen Wright (@owright) was ripping in the pool on his DX1 6’3 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/8 at 28L for most waves but end up changing over to 5’11 1/2 and 6’0 1/2 WILKO F13 after surfing Matt Wilkonsons’s 5’11 at 28L. Tho it was shorter he felt that the flat deck had the added sensitivity and responsiveness he was looking for.

On Owen’s forehand he is using the 5’11 1/2 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L WILKO F13 and for his backhand the 6’0 1/2 x 18 15/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L WILKO F13.

 

Ethan Ewing - Wave Pool

Ethan Ewing (@ethan_ewing) on his go to short board the DNA 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 at 28L.

 

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Stephanie Gilmore (@stephaniegilmore) too decided that Mick’s J-Bay four-channel swallow tail worked best for her on the right. The wave has a lot of power. I snapped a board and a few others were creased but she loved the drive that the channels provided.

JBAY 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L

She may opt. to ride her DNA 5’10 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16 at 24.3L for her backhand.

 

Mick Fanning The Surf Ranch

Power house Mick Fanning on the DNA 5’10 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 26.5L

 

 

Darren Handley DNA - Surf Ranch

DH was lucky enough drop into a few waves on his DNA 5’11 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2 at 31.5L

 

 

Glen Hall - Wilko F13 Surf Ranch

Master coach Glen Hall (@microsurfacademy) keeping on point with the WILKO F13 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/16 at 25L

 

Bronte Macaulay (@brontemacaulay) was on her DNA 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 24L

Footage – Surfing Australia (@surfingaus)

Owen Wright joins the DHD Team

Owen Wright joins the DHD Team

by DHD Surf

DHD is excited to announce that Owen Wright has joined the DHD Team.

Owen was looking for something different in his boards and after a couple of months of testing with Darren Handley he took the next step and competed on DHD in the WSL Championship Tour events at Uluwatu & Keramas.

Owen Wright - DHD DNA

Owen said, “I started working with Darren on some boards leading up to the CT events in Bali and straight away I felt my surfing lift. I am stoked to announce that I am now part of the DHD team and I am looking forward to working with the people at DHD. Of course a World Title is what I am surfing for, you never know these boards may be what I need to get me over the line”.

Darren added, “I have always had a huge amount of respect for Owen, he is an absolute professional and great guy to work with. I feel that my experience can assist him climb the CT rankings, on top of that the crew at DHD are psyched to have Owen join us, so smiles all round”.

Owen is the first new athlete signed by DHD since Jack Perry assumed the role of DHD and Modom Team Manager. Jack has brought fresh ideas to DHD and has challenged our previous thought process. We look forward to further athletes joining DHD and Modom as Jack identifies emerging and existing talent.

Breaking down the boards in the quiver for J-BAY

DNA
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail
6′ 3 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail ( x3 )

DX1
6′ 2″ x 18 13/16″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 2 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail ( x4 )
6′ 3 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Round Tail

Height 190cm / Weight 86 kg